Founded in 1964, the work of Walney Bird Observatory is funded entirely by membership subscription. Since 1965 it has been an accredited member of the British Trust for Ornithology’s bird observatories network which operates across Britain and Ireland. Bird Observatories are at the forefront of conservation, monitoring bird populations through the medium of census work, daily recording of migrants and ringing.
Serin in fine voice
19th April 2013 – sunny spells NW3/4
A singing male Serin appeared in the observatory garden (1000-1015) before appearing to fly off north.
Early morning observations (0800-0900) in much calmer conditions produced 44 Kittiwake, 29 Gannet, 27 Common Scoter, 19 Sandwich Tern, 15 Razorbill, 14 Red-throated Diver, 4 Guillemot, 3 Manx Shearwater and 2 Arctic Tern.
The striking male Yellow Wagtail remains amongst 140 Meadow Pipit, 37 White Wagtail and 6 Pied Wagtail. The first Grasshopper Warbler of the year arrived although passage remains slow with otherwise just 3 Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff logged.
A few Meadow Pipit, Pied/White Wagtail and Swallow continue to move through.
Wildfowl and Waders
The 4 Scaup remain and waders included 8 Whimbrel, 4 Black-tailed Godwit and 3 Greenshank.